The U12 Girls Socceroos Team took 2nd place in the 1st Empire Cup Tournament held at the new Afrim's Sports Park.
This was a 2 day tournament with Saturday being an unseasonable warm and sunny day and Sunday being a wet and cold day at the fields
Day 1 featured a win against Galway where the team was dominant from the start on route to a 9-0 victory. The team showed its passing and goal scoring ability while playing a complete team game. The second game on Day 1 was against a Premiere level oppenent in the Guilderland Dutchmen Pride. They played a physical game but were also quite patient and tactical. We wound up dropping this game 3-1.
After a defeat on Day 1 to the eventual winners of the tournament, our team came back with a fluery of goals against SWSC Select. The game featured a ton off offense as we came away with an 8-5 win. The final game of the day wound up being a game to decide the 2nd place finisher against the Guilderland Dutchmen Breakers. The Socceroos had to win (not tie) to secure a 2nd place finish and they did just that with a solid 4-0 win.
Overall, this was a very nice experience for the girls and they should be proud.
Additional tidbit - The Socceroos Team did have a chance to redeem themselves a bit against the Guilderland Dutchmen Pride by playing them 2 short weeks later that their home field. The Socceroos played a much better game and wound up capitalizing on a few misplays and penalties called against the Pride. The Socceroos were much more stingy and physical on defense and would up shutting out the Pride by a score of 3-0.